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Who Will Ride What? 17 May 2004

After riding Hondas and Ducatis at past TTs, Morecambe's John McGuinness is to ride Yamahas in the main races this year. With Paul Bird preferring to concentrate his efforts on the British Superbike Championship, John has signed up with Yamaha UK to run one of the new R1s for Inside Line in the Formula One and Senior. However, he will retain allegiance to Honda in the Junior and Lightweight, the latter class of which he won last year. John has three TT wins so far and a fastest lap of 125.91mph set on the Monstermob Ducati on his way to second place at 123.93mph in last year's Senior.

McGuinness was in fine form at the North West 200. He won the 400cc event on the RLR Motorsport Honda and the second 600cc race on the Inside Line R6 Yamaha. The TAS Suzuki team had a mixed day, with severe lack of practice causing a few machine maladies for Adrian Archibald. Team-mate Bruce Anstey fared better and won the first 600cc and the Production Race. He was eliminated from the main Superbike Race after a crash on the final lap of the second 600cc event, suffering a bump on the head, but which was not described as a serious injury. Former TT star Michael Rutter won both main races and went through the speed trap at 201.1mph on the HM Plant Honda Britain Fireblade! The day's other winner was Ian Lougher, who romped the 125cc on the Lloyds Offshore Mannin Collections Honda. Chief TT rival Chris Palmer was out of luck, retiring very early.

Dave Molyneux's new Honda-powered sidecar outfit looks set to turn plenty of heads. Those privileged to have seen it report a markedly different conception and have already christened it the Stealth. It was on display at Aintree recently, along with Mark Johns Motors' new Honda Fireblade to be ridden by Ian Lougher, who has, incidentally, split with long-standing sponsors the Manton Group. He now enjoys backing from C&J Racing.

Donegal rider Seamus Greene returns to the TT Course aboard a GSXR 1000cc Suzuki and a CBR 600cc Honda mainly concentrating on the Production events. This will enable him to also continue in the Manx Grand Prix, where he won the 2000 Newcomers and finished fifth in the same year's Junior. At the TT he will ride for Isle of Man-based DSC Racing, run by former solo competitor Glyn Jones, who himself campaigns a Yamaha-powered Molyneux sidecar. After the TT, Glyn intends contesting the European Championship.

Popular Japanese rider 36-year-old Jun Maeda will be back for the TT, equipped as before with high specification Hondas. With a best lap of 114.98mph he's no slouch and has been making steady if unspectacular progress since his debut in 2002. He has 600 CBRs for the Junior and smaller production events; 1000 CBRs for the Formula One, the Senior and the bigger Production race. His entrants are F. Asada and K. Yamada.

Kawasaki ZX6R is the choice of French woman Fabrice Miguet as she makes her debut at the TT. Looking to qualify and finish, she has rides in the Production 600 and Junior races, having a French endurance racing background, including finishing 27th out of 100 in a recent event.

Saintfield's Davy Morgan continues to improve on the Mountain Course. He finished runner-up in the 2002 600cc Manx Grand Prix and 11th in last year's 600cc Production race. He has John Bell's Villager R6 Yamaha for this year's 600cc Production race, and 750 Suzukis for the 1000cc Production class and Senior, backed by Investasure Financial Services. There is separate prize gold for 750s in the 1000cc Production class, so being down on cubes should not unduly deter him. Shaun Harris was a previous such exponent.

Another rider bringing MV Agustas to the TT this time is Thomas Montano from Berkeley, California. He will run Munroe Motors fours in the Formula One, Senior and Production 1000, alongside Yamahas backed by Taj Ma Hal in the Lightweight, 600 Production and Junior.

Steve Norbury from Castleford, West Yorkshire, is another TT stalwart back for another go. He has Lockside Engineering's R6-engined Shelbourne Yamaha and will surely at least equal his previous best places, if not snatch a win. His passenger will be Scott Parnell from Holbeach, Lincolnshire, whose house is appropriately called Cronk-y-Voddy!

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